Search for Meaning

I recently finished Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, a survivor of Auschwitz and renowned psychiatrist. It’s a moving account of his death-camp survival, but more than a full account it is his reflections on purpose and meaning. In fact the last two sections of the book are Frankl’s reflections on meaning and purpose in the context of his profession. Frankl, Jewish, was not a Christian, but his thoughts reflect a wisdom that is worth hearing, that squares with much of what the Bible teaches–call it an OT wisdom, pre-Christ. I liked so many parts I Erie them down inside the front cover of the book.

So I thought I’d put up some of these quotes every so often. We’re here working, but also trying to think as well!

  • On the concentration camp prisoners: “the best of us did not return”
  • On the thirst for beauty, “As the inner life of the prisoner tended to become more intense, he also experienced the beauty of art and nature as never before.”
  • Good things, and much more, even things that show that human wisdom and willpower have their limits without Christ. How people survived such horror, I can’t imagine. I’ll put more quotes up on a regular basis.

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